Google Chrome is a speedy web browser with a minimal user interface. But if you’re using it on a Windows computer it can be a bit of a resource hog… and there’s a “bug” that causes it to drain your laptop battery more quickly than some other apps.

This has been true for ages, but Google has finally agreed to address the issue. But it turns out it wasn’t ever really a bug so much as a feature. Google decided early on to emphasis speedy performance over energy efficiency. Now Google’s taking another look.

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3 replies on “Lilbits (7-18-2014): Better battery life when running Chrome (on Windows)”

  1. Not only in windows, it’s high battery consuming in my macbook. I don’t know about the bug in windows or it’s existence in Mac OS. I use safari for low battery usage.

  2. Does Chrome OS have a very short idle timer as well? Chromebooks tend to have long battery life (although I didn’t really look into the battery capacities). If Google doesn’t decrease the timer then why don’t they for the same reasons as in Windows?

    1. Windows and Linux (ChromeOS kernel) have different behaviors. On Windows they used a hack to make the kernel ‘clock’ more often. On linus I guess it’s adaptive by default without having to force 1000 wakeups per second.

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